A rare glimpse of Mayflower II under full sail, captured during the filming of the PBS American Experience documentary “The Pilgrims.” (Kristen Oney/Plimoth Plantation/Kristen Oney)

Regarding the Nov. 20 Outlook essay “Five myths about Puritans” :

William Brewster, the leader of the Pilgrims, was imprisoned in 1608 for trying to leave England, and his followers finally escaped to the Netherlands. They left the Netherlands, not England, in 1620 because of lack of space for their growing numbers, their belief that the Protestant atmosphere was weakening the belief of their children and the impending end of the peace treaty between the Netherlands and Spain.

I am among millions of Americans can who trace their ancestry to Brewster and other Puritans, including those who remained in the Netherlands and those who returned to England.

Darrel Salisbury, Dumfries